Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Singapore, Potel Tasting. (Harbour Grill, Hilton Hotel, Singapore): Darker than the 2006 that we tasted together, both in colour and fruit. Rather thick and jammy nose, but nicely aromatic and perfumed, with a bit of licorice and just that smallest bit of savoury mushroom. Very nice palate, almost fruitcake like, reminscent of dried cherries and strawberries with hints of spice, but very clean and cool, with cola and mint showing up after time. Clear influence of sweet oak, but I found it rather well integrated. Also noticeable 2004 acid structure (which is a good thing in this instancem, where there is good concentrated fruit). A completely different animal from the 2006, and really nice. Hard to choose between them.
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(Potel Nicolas Clos de la Roche) Medium-plus cherry-red colour. The instant aromatic impact comes from red fruit notes before a stronger, mineral/cedar element takes over. The less wine you have in your glass, the more wonderful it smells, lovely red fruits. The palate is very well filled with concentrated fruit and quite some intensity in the mid-palate. The tannin is not badly textured though there’s a short-lived trace of bitterness - but it comes at the same time as the earthy, dark oak appears on the finish so that bitterness seems to be more wood-based. That length is certainly grand cru without being too showy, though there’s a subtle creamy undertow there somewhere. Overall it shows good ripeness, and nice balance - if the cedar element becomes more subtle this will be lovely, but right now it remains - for me - a questionmark.
(Potel Nicolas Clos de la Roche) Soft, complex and sweet red nose, lots of interest. The wine currently seems to be a bit of battle for supremacy between the fruit and the structure - and there's plenty of both - just needs time to settle down a bit. Like most of the wines in this range the structure is beautifully tailored, so I expect this to come together well.
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